My Love For Film In A Snapshot #20

I have to admit that as far as film genres go sci-fi is not one of my favourites. However, I can appreciate a great one when I see it and 1956′s Forbidden Planet is certainly one of them. For some reason it took me this long to see the film and while obviously not up to scratch with the type of multi-million dollar effects we’re used to in the...

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My Love for Film in a Snapshot #19

Don’t you just love a film that can be simultaneously grotesque and boldly beautiful? Bong Joon-ho’s masterful Memories of Murder is one such film, telling the brutal true story of the investigation of Korea’s first reported serial murders. I recently rewatched the film after some years and was blown away once more. The above image is taken...

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My Love of Film in A Snapshot #18

With the passing of Tony Scott so jarringly sudden and bizarre. Let us use this space to reflect on was is possibly the best scene of his career, and personally, one of my favourite scenes in cinema. Christopher Walken gets do do what he does, that is to say, monologue, menace and entertain. Dennis Hopper gets to act up a storm playing a father protecting his...

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My Love for Film in a Snapshot #17

A simple enough framed shot. Theresa Wright framed beautifully in a doorway, her shadow cast into the house, while her character, Charlotte “Charlie” Newton is standing outside. The point-of-view of the image however, is from Charlie, her uncle, looking down upon her, himself her shadow; as they essentially share the same name. This is perhaps the...

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My Love for Film in a Snapshot #16

The password to get into the exclusive uber-elite bacchanalia in the country in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes wide shut is written on a napkin by Todd Field (in acting mode) in a New York City Jazz bar. The napkin has to be held down tight by Tom Cruise for the pen to not mangle the fragile tissue, something we’ve all done, but the camera lingers over it,...

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My Love for Film in a Snapshot #15

It’s a moment that’s quite brief, very subtle and can easily be missed, but was one of my favourite little pieces of acting in 2010. The far-better-than-one-could-ever-have-expected Easy A provides charm, a good deal of humour and some top notch parenting tips, but it’s really all centered on Emma Stone. It goes without saying that she’s...

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My Love for Film in a Snapshot #14

Chaplin’s streak of sentimentality doesn’t always work for me, and I’d say over the past few years I’ve grown to be a bigger fan of Keaton than Chaplin overall. But rewatching Modern Times (my favorite Chaplin by far) last week solidified that at least this one time, Chaplin’s combination of humor and pathos worked utterly...

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My Love for Film in A Snapshot #13

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends.” Congrats Christopher Plummer. “Cry havoc, and let slip the Dogs of...

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My Love for Film in a Snapshot #12

Old movies may not have much in the way of actual sex or nudity, but they make up for it with rich innuendo. Hitchcock is one of the best at this in nearly all of his films, but the North by Northwest flirtation scene on the train between Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint – strangers at the time, but already with designs on each other, whether in good faith...

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My Love for Film in a Snapshot #11

I could have selected one of hundreds of different frames from hundreds of different sci-fi and horror films of the last hundred years, but it was during a recent viewing of the original The Fly (from 1958) that this particular bright neon image reminded me of how much I love a great movie laboratory. From Dr. Caligari to Dr. Frankenstein (isn’t that rig...

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